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Camtek Introduces the Dragon, a New, Fast AOI System with Fully-automated Material Handling

Mar 25, 2003

Camtek Ltd. (NASDAQ: CAMT) today announced the introduction of its new Automated Optical Inspection (AOI) system - The Dragon. The Dragon, which was demonstrated at the CPCA show in Shanghai last week, offers fast scanning and fine-line capabilities with fully or semi automated material handling.

"We designed the Dragon for the mass production PCB industry," said Rafi Amit, Camtek's CEO. "The transition we observe toward advanced technologies, even in low wage areas, mean that manufacturers will not be able to rely for long on inexpensive labor as the basis for their competitiveness. When the effective throughput of manually operated systems becomes limited by the operator's ability to keep up with the machine, the time has come for automated material handling. Camtek believes that high effective throughput, combined with detection ability that goes all the way to fine-line, is required to assure high productivity, low operation costs and long service life, even for plants that still manufacture in medium line width technologies."


The Dragon is a fully-automated AOI system that delivers fast scanning speeds - typically 9 seconds per side for a 5-mil, 18x24" panel, and fine line capability to 1-mil line/space. This speed is based on new hardware that doubles the rate of data processing, as well as a rigid structure and rapid positioning axes that allow faster movement. The Dragon is available in fully- or semi-automated configurations. The Loader and Unloader units employ belt-free, vacuum pickup transfer heads and vacuum tables, to support fast movement while eliminating handling damage.


Camtek Ltd. designs, develops, manufactures, and markets technologically advanced and cost-effective, intelligent optical inspection systems and related software products, used to enhance both process and yields for the printed circuit board, semiconductor packaging and microelectronics industries. Camtek is a public company since 2000, with headquarters in Migdal Ha'Emek, Israel and subsidiaries in the U.S., Europe, Japan, and East Asia.

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This press release may contain projections or other forward-looking statements regarding future events or the future performance of the Company. These statements are only predictions and may change as time passes. We do not assume any obligation to update that information. Actual events or results may differ materially from those projected, including as a result of changing industry and market trends, reduced demand for our products, the timely development of our new products and their adoption by the market, increased competition in the industry, price reductions as well as due to risks identified in the documents filed by the Company with the SEC.


Moshe Amit

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